Bertha, Playin' In The Band, Loser, Mr. Charlie, Cumberland Blues, Brokedown Palace, Me And Bobby McGee, Hard To Handle, Casey Jones
Saint Stephen, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me & My Uncle-> The Other One, Deal, Sugar Magnolia, Morning Dew, Turn On Your Love Light
"WRS Prelude' tease after "Me & My Uncle" - Other artist(s): NRPS -full moon -,full lunar eclipse 'Sugaree" appears on some audience tapes, but may be from another show. The stellar Hard to Handle from the circulating AUD can be heard on the commercial release Fallout from the Phil Zone.
First off, this is a phenomenal show. Fantastic! SEVERAL standout, tremendous performances/versions and a completely awesome setlist. 1971 is an underappreciated year, partly because some of the available recordings from that year are fairly atroccious. I was fortunate to get the SBD of this one before it got taken down, but the AUD/SBD MATRIX copy of this show is of course OUTSTANDING. But still this AUD one really aint bad considering the year! Sometimes listening to an older sounding copy just gives it an authentic feel. Because many shows (from all years) didn't have that great of sound LIVE in person to begin with!
But really, when a show is THIS GOOD... the recording matters less!
From a historical perspective, this show is a little over a month before Pigpen was hospitalized, and missed some shows, I think, before rejoining the band. So, this may have been the Zenith of the Pigpen era. The Berkley show 8 days later is pretty hot too, but I still give this one the nod. If you like Me and Bobby McGee, THIS show is DA BOMB. But check out the version from 8/14/71 Berkley, too, and note the difference in Jerry's solos.